Aging comes with many challenges for both seniors and their family members. As the health condition is changing and the needs are getting more demanding, seniors and their loved ones need to consider options for their living situations. For most elderly citizens, there are numerous options, including moving in with their family, remaining in their own home (hiring help), and living in an aged care facility. The last one is often looked upon with disapproval but the truth is that there are many benefits of living in a nursing home. Here are ten of them that will make this option worth considering.
You’ll always have someone to rely on
One of the changes that naturally occur with age is that your health is deteriorating. This means you will now more than ever need the help of a professional caregiver or medical worker. Since some conditions are unpredictable and you can never know when you can feel unwell, it is a good thing that a nursing home provides you with onsite staff which is able to give you medications, equipment, health recommendation and any special care you need right away.
Making your day-to-day tasks easier
As you get older, regular chores like cleaning the house, washing the dishes, and preparing food are getting more and more difficult. Wouldn’t you like to leave these things to someone else? In aged care centers, meals are planned in consultation with a dietitian and they make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need, but you can also state your likes and dislikes.
A healthy mealtime schedule
Speaking of food, some older people fail to feed themselves properly, by forgetting to eat and drink water regularly, which is particularly important if they are taking prescription medications. Facilities devoted to caring for seniors ensure the residents are offered a healthy selection of meals at the right times.
Timely medical checkups
Consistent health checkups are always important, but as you get older, they are vital. In aged care centers, you will receive dependable and regular medical care, but also checkups based on your history of diseases and current health condition.
Providing specialized care
Some of the conditions you can face in your mature age require specialized care you cannot get if you remain living in your home. There are even facilities focused on dementia care, the condition that can affect your health both mentally and physically and the progress of which can require 24/7 care.
Meeting new people
If you have been previously living isolated from family and friends, in an aged care home, you will have the opportunity to meet your peers and find like-minded friends. These facilities also often organize various social events which will keep your social life more alive than ever.
Regular activities and entertainment
Onsite and offsite activities in nursing homes are provided regularly based on the residents’ interests and inputs. Some of them will keep you physically active (e.g., yoga, walking, Pilates) while others will keep the adventurist spark alive (e.g., excursions). The programs that most of the facilities of this type offer are extracurricular and entirely optional, so you can choose at your will.
Tracking physical activity
The recommended scope of physical activity for elderly people is different based on their medical history and current health status. Professional staff can give you an insight on how much and what kinds of physical activity are best for you considering these factors.
Excellent level of security
Elderly people living on their own are often a target for burglaries and other crimes. Some of them even leave their doors “wide open” to these attacks by forgetting to lock them. This is not something that can happen in an aged care home where the security level is excellent.
Access to help and resources
Nursing homes have trained staff, not only in medicine but in other useful things too. You will get the necessary training for using the internet and a smartphone, and you will have access to anything you need from technology to books.
Finally, living in an aged care home relieves the family members of being caretakers for their elderly loved ones. While your sons and daughters love you and surely want to be there for you, nursing homes enable them to do so without the added responsibility, and they can sleep soundly knowing that you are getting round-the-clock service.